shedquarters

Why You Should Shop at my Favourite Indie Store Shedquarters

Shedquarters is an independent shop that I’ve loved, admired and promoted for pretty much as long as it’s been around. Launched in 2014, the store is an online purveyor of stunning, handpicked pieces crafted by talented makers and designers. Run by two lovely people named Hayley and Ross and born from a shared love of high-quality products and contemporary design, the shop is based out of a converted shed in Cambridge, hence its name. ‘We want Shedquarters to be a place where people can come and buy modern homeware at an affordable price’ say founder Hayley. ‘We also want to…

best London salons

London’s Five Best Creative Salons

Since moving to London a good few years back, I noticed that a quick Google of the words ‘best hair salon’ or ‘best place for nails’ proffers two options: very expensive celebrity hair stylists and their new expensive hairdressing outlets or discount deals for places you’ve never heard of. Finding a place in which you feel comfortable enough to let a stranger loose on your hair is difficult when you’ve just moved to a new city, or indeed if you’re already rooted somewhere and want to  switch things up. Apps and sites that offer discounts can be misleading and in…

terrarium

How To Make A Terrarium

Since discovering Decorator’s Notebook, I’ve been poring over their wonderful selection of ethical products and beautifully designed homewares. I’ve also grown rather partial to their blog, which offers some expert advice on how to style and use the pieces in their shop. Penned by Bethan John, here’s a step-by-step guide to making a little terrarium of your own for your home, office or studio… Recently, I’ve been experiencing something of a conversion to terrariums. With these cute little indoor gardens I can move away from the straggling, dust-gathering house plants I remember from my student days to a neat and…

olive clothing

BRAND TO KNOW: Olive Clothing

Olive is a British contemporary clothing brand with a big fanbase here in London. The creators of these comfy, directional and ethically-focused pieces are however, based in Cheltenham where their flagship store lives. Now, I don’t like to spoil the joyful surprises of Christmas day but I’ve been dropping plenty of hints in the lead-up to that day of gifting; suggesting a bunch of items from this fantastic little store. Pulling together and combining vintage looks, street style, androgynous cuts and fabrics and presenting layered outfit ideas, Olive is everything I dream of when it comes to casual fashion and…

Give Artisan Gifts with Inka London

As you know, I love a unique gift especially if it’s lovingly arranged, carefully presented and unquestionably creative. With the holidays on the way, I’ve been thinking long and hard about what my loved ones enjoy, about designer-makers and independent businesses and about different and interesting ways to gift. Christmas hampers are a staple but let’s face it, they’re usually filled with sugar and booze and rarely feature anything handmade. Now, imagine my surprise and delight upon discovering a collection of beautifully curated gift boxes filled with lovely handmade, independently created or expertly designed items. Inka London is a creative…

Why You Should Pay the Ohh Deer Shop a Visit

Stationery fiends, gift-wrapping experts and fans of all things illustrated, it’s time to celebrate because the long-awaited Ohh Deer shop is finally here. Hitting Loughborough’s streets at the end of last year, the physical manifestation of the hit online gifting store has been a huge success, offering creative stationery and beautiful bits and pieces that shoppers can browse and buy in-store. The Ohh Deer shop is situated close to its founder’s homes, going their local community a nice little boost and its residents a place to shop for gorgeous gifts. Despite the fact that the shop isn’t quite local to us, we love…

BRAND TO KNOW: Pirates & Violets

Crafting bespoke shopping baskets and woven pouches, Pirates & Violets is an independent, family-run business based in Yorkshire. Every design is made from natural fibres and attributed with great touches, such as pastel-toned pom-poms, tassels and hand-painted stripes and monograms. Inspired by classic French style and the sun, sea and sandy beaches of exotic coastlines, the oversized basket bags tap into one of this summer’s big trends but we like it most for it’s ethos. With an eco-friendly and sustainable attitude towards running an indie business, Pirates & Violets is partnered with a team of mothers in Morocco. These women…